Full Moon in Scorpio and Lunar Eclipse – A Potential Powder Keg Can be Avoided if We Make Conscious Choices (May 5, 2023)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, May 5.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Scorpio.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 14°58’ of Taurus and 14°58’ of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.  (NOTE:  Click here to learn how to find the transiting Moon in your chart.)

All Full Moons involve finding a better balance between the qualities of the 2 signs involved.  This time, those signs are Taurus and Scorpio:

  • The higher expression of Taurus includes being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and loyal.  The lower expression could mean being overly materialistic, too cautious, and resistant to change.
  • The best qualities of Scorpio include being intense, deep, determined, investigative, passionate, healing, and transformative.  The lower expression can involve being over-bearing, intolerant, secretive, or jealous. 

This Scorpio Full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse, which means its impact is both magnified and prolonged through the next eclipse season in six months.  (NOTE:  Click here to read my Blog post about eclipses.)  Lunar eclipses tend to coincide with endings, and they are usually more emotional than solar eclipses, which we had two weeks ago.  Feelings may be especially important during this moon event because 4 out of 10 planets are located in water signs. 

Lunar eclipses are oftentimes when we intuitively know there is something important to understand about the ending of something in our lives.  The “truth” may suddenly become apparent.  Whatever awareness comes to us is usually not a total surprise.  However, we should be aware that there are still pieces of the puzzle that will become clearer over time. 

Having this Full Moon occurring in Scorpio increases the likelihood that secrets or something hidden may be uncovered.  This includes things we may have been working hard to conceal from others or from ourselves; and it may become increasingly difficult to keep it “under wraps.” 

At the time of the Scorpio Full Moon and lunar eclipse, the Sun is within 4° degrees of Uranus and within 6° degrees of Mercury.  Also, these conjunctions (0°) mean that the Moon in Scorpio is in opposition (180°) to both Uranus and Mercury.  All of this influences the expression of the Full Moon in various ways:

  • The powerful involvement of Uranus gives us a head’s up that surprises may be in store.  Insights or events brought about by Uranus usually tend to be sudden and unexpected.  Something needs to change in our lives in order to bring us increased independence and freedom. 
  • With Uranus opposing (180°) the Moon, we may find these unexpected changes to be an odd blend of both exciting and unsettling.  However, with the Moon located in Scorpio, whatever happens may lead to deep emotional healing. 
  • However, given (a) Scorpio relates to our unconscious world and (b) Mercury is currently in retrograde, we may have a hard time explaining to others whatever is coming into our awareness.  It probably makes sense to us, but only on an intuitive level.  Consequently, it may be best to use this time to ponder our new awareness for a little while before we try to talk to significant others or take any associated actions.  Luckily, Mercury will be going direct as of Sunday, May 14; therefore, we won’t have to wait too long to implement our well-thought-out plans. 

Also at the time of the Full Moon, there is what is called an “out-of-sign” t-square (right triangle).  Although out-of-sign configurations tend to weaken the power of the planetary groupings, I feel this one could be very powerful due to planets involved.  Mars is in an opposition (180°) to Pluto, and both of those planets are squaring (90°) Jupiter.  This means that Jupiter is the “focal planet” of the t-square and indicates a way to help find a balance between the planets that are in opposition (i.e., Mars and Pluto).

Having Jupiter as the focal planet of this t-square could be positive or challenging.  I often describe Jupiter as the “happy-happy planet.”  It represents the energy of expansion, abundance, wisdom, and even luck.  If used in a healthy way, having Jupiter in this position may provide us with the luck we need to find resolution between the two powerhouse planets of Mars and Pluto

Let’s look at the energy of these 3 planets:

  • Jupiter can also cause expansion that may go too far.  It also is the planet most associated with what we believe to be true. 
  • Mars is the planet of action and energy, but it’s also the warrior energy that is willing to fight. 
  • Pluto is about transformation and healing, but it’s also the planet most associated with the use and misuse of power. 

Whenever Mars and Pluto are in opposition (180°), power struggles are more likely, especially if our efforts seem to be blocked in some way.  Given Jupiter can expand this tendency and may go too far, this t-square has the potential to be a proverbial powder keg.  T-squares are demanding that something change, and any existing problems are often brought to the surface.  When combined in an unhealthy way, the planets involved in this t-square could result in one party feeling they have a right to fight for (Mars) and/or push (Pluto) their beliefs (Jupiter) on another.  As you can imagine, there is usually strong resistance whenever someone tries to force their agenda on us. 

Yes, there is the potential for things to “get ugly” unless we consciously use the good humor and wisdom that are associated with the higher expression of Jupiter.  If used effectively, Jupiter’s energy can help us work toward understanding and compromise, which is what the opposition (180°) between Mars and Pluto is demanding.  Although a noble goal, this may not be easy.  If emotions are escalating, the best advice may be to use Jupiter’s wisdom to “agree to disagree” and wait a few days until cooler heads can prevail. 

Just a few final comments about other aspects impacting us during the time of this Scorpio Full Moon and lunar eclipse:

  • Venus will be in a trine (120°) to Saturn, and both planets are in supportive sextiles (60°) to Jupiter.  Saturn has to do with our responsibilities, duty, and leadership.  Trines, sextiles, Venus, and Jupiter are very positive aspects and planets.  All of this may support us in finding viable solutions to any changes that might involve issues often associated with Saturn.  It may also help us responsibly tap into the higher expression of Jupiter (as described above). 
  • Venus will be in a square (90°) to Neptune, so one or more of those unexpected changes may involve our relationships and/or finances.  We need to be careful not to be overly idealistic, and to remember that Neptune can make things a bit foggy for a little while, which provides further support for taking our time before making any important decisions.  However, this square can also increase our intuitive abilities and creativity.  For those who are highly sensitive people, though, this could be a time when we need to protect ourselves. 
  • There are several positive aspects that involve Mars.  The red planet is in a trine (120°) to the Moon and in sextiles (60°) to Uranus and Neptune.  The trine between the Moon and Mars may help us adjust fairly easily to any needed changes or revelations during this time.  Both Uranus and Neptune may support us in accessing our intuition to guide us toward the right path.  We may even be willing to take a leap of faith! 

On Sunday, May 7, Venus moves out of Taurus and into Cancer, where it will remain until June 5.  I always love hearing people refer to Venus in Cancer as “home is where the heart is, and the heart is within the home.”  Whether we are in a romantic relationship or not, home will be important during the next month.  Venus is all about love and desire, and Cancer provides the nurturing that we all need.  Our emotional sensitivity is heightened, and this placement can also increase our need to be very protective of ourselves and those we care about.  We are at our best when we feel safe.  If we do feel threatened, this is a good time to remember that crabs often feel a need to move sideways rather than forward or backward.  This is done to carefully assess a situation before making a decision.  In other words, it’s OK to be cautious right now. 

As mentioned previously, Mercury will end its retrograde phase on Sunday, May 14, just in time for Mother’s Day in the United States.  Once it begins moving direct again, we will slowly begin to implement all of those ideas that we have been reviewing, revamping, and reevaluating over the past 3 weeks.  Given Mercury is in Taurus, it’s likely our ideas have practical, down-to-earth applications.  We are also likely to be willing to work patiently toward our goals. 

Overall, this Scorpio Full Moon and lunar eclipse may bring with it some unexpected events or changes.  With Mercury in retrograde, whatever comes up may best be dealt with by spending time alone rethinking, reviewing, and revamping something rather than taking immediate action.  A slight delay may help because astrological influences tell us that we may not have all the facts quite yet.  It’s very likely more will be revealed over time.  However, we do need to be very cautious right now about forcing our ideas or beliefs on another person or group of people, even if we feel our position is justified, reasonable, and “right.”  It’s important to remember that everyone has a right to their opinion, even when it differs from ours.  If we can navigate this time effectively, we may end up going in a new direction and healing very deep, long-standing issues.  In general, we all need to remember astrology doesn’t predict what will happen.  We each have free will, which means we get to decide how we react when something happens.  Try to view changes as events designed for our highest good, because they usual are, at least in the long run! 

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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D.©


Full Moon at 14°58’ of Scorpio

  • Friday, May 5, 2023, 10:33 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, May 5, 2023, 1:33 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, May 5, 2023, 5:33 p.m. GMT


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